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NHL capsules: Charlie Lindgren makes 38 saves, Canadiens beat Blackhawks 2-0

Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren blocks a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)
Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren blocks a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

Charlie Lindgren made 38 saves in his first career shutout, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat Corey Crawford and the host Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Sunday night.

Lindgren and Crawford were locked up in a scoreless duel before Jonathan Drouin skated through the slot and shot the puck into the left side of the net at 1:54 of the third. Drouin’s third goal of the season stopped Crawford’s scoreless streak at 173 minutes, 9 seconds.

Defenseman Joe Morrow added his third career goal at 7:45, helping Montreal to its fourth win in five games. Morrow blasted a slap shot by a screened Crawford for his first goal since Oct. 27, 2015, for Boston against Arizona.

Coming off consecutive shutouts against Philadelphia and Minnesota, Crawford finished with 33 stops in his first career regulation loss against his hometown team. He was 8-0-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average in 10 career games against Montreal.

With Carey Price sidelined by a minor lower-body injury and Al Montoya coming off a 19-save performance in Saturday night’s 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg, Lindgren made his first appearance of the season for the Canadiens. The Lakeville, Minnesota, native responded with Montreal’s first shutout of the season while improving to 4-0 in four career NHL starts.

N.Y. Islanders 6, Colorado 4: Mathew Barzal had a franchise-rookie record five assists and Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle each scored twice to help the Islanders beat the Avalanche in New York.

Johnny Boychuk and Scott Mayfield also scored for the Islanders and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves.

Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Alexander Kerfoot scored for Colorado.

New York won for the sixth time in eight games and ended Colorado’s winning streak at three games.

The wild night on the ice was nearly overshadowed off of it when Matt Duchene was traded from Colorado to Ottawa in deal that involved the Nashville Predators.

Duchene stealthy left the ice when team trainers were helping injured Avs forward Blake Comeau off the ice in the middle of the first period. Duchene left the arena in the middle of the second period, briefly speaking with reporters, before jumping into a black SUV waiting outside the Barclays Center.

Detroit 4, Edmonton 0: Petr Mrazek made 36 saves and Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist in the red Wings’ victory over the Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta.

Frans Nielsen and Gustav Nyquist also scored. The Red Wings have won three of four to reach 7-7-1.

The Oilers dropped to 4-8-1. They have yet to win two games in a row this season.

Calgary 5, New Jersey 4 (SO): Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tkachuk scored the shootout winner in the Flames’ win over the Devils in Calgary, Alberta.

Tkachuk, shooting third for Calgary with the shootout tied 1-1 and the Flames in a position to win it, moved in slowly and slipped a nifty high shot past Keith Kinkaid.

Sean Monahan also scored in regulation and the shootout, and Michael Frolik and Michael Stone had regulation goals. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to give him 15 on the season.

Taylor Hall, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Gibbons and Andy Greene scored for New Jersey.

Tags: hockey, NHL

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